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Patrick O’Connor is on the Political Science Faculty of Oakland Community College and is Associate Dean  of College Counseling at Cranbrook Kingswood School,  both in Metropolitan Detroit.  Born and raised in Detroit, he has been a college counselor since 1984, serving students in rural, urban, and suburban high schools, as well as community college.  In addition to writing a weekly column, his writing has appeared in High School Counselor Week,, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press and Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education.

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About College is Yours 2.0

College is Yours 2.0
offers nearly twice the advice found in College is Yours, with updates to guide students and families through a strong college search while living a great high school life. Every chapter is short enough to read in 3 minutes, but deep enough to read over and over again.

New topics in College is Yours 2.0 include:

-Expanded coverage on applying for scholarships and paying for college
-What to do when you "freeze" on an application
-Making the most of a college interview
-Advice for college-bound artists, athletes, and students with special needs
-How to make sure your e-mail and social media accounts don't hurt your college chances
-What not to write in a college essay
-How to lead a happy, productive senior year
-Applying to a highly selective college
-Choosing among many offers of admission
-Taking a year off before starting college
-Is college really worth it?

These topics build on the rock-solid advice in areas such as:

-Learning how to be a strong high school student
-What colleges really look for in community service work
-How to prepare for college entrance tests
-Asking for letters of recommendation
-How to visit a college campus
-Building your college list
-The sure-fire way families can talk about college in a supportive way

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